Red Bull lead Mercedes in final practice

2013 Korean Grand Prix third practice

Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Korea International Circuit, 2013Sebastian Vettel led the final hour of practice ahead of qualifying for the Korean Grand Prix.

The Red Bull driver was the only person to lap the Korea International Circuit in less than 1’38, and team mate Mark Webber made it a one-two for Red Bull.

The pair moved to the top of the times in the final ten minutes of the session when the drivers switched to super-soft tyres. Prior to that Lewis Hamilton had been quickest on the medium compound.

However he was held up in traffic during his final run and ended up fourth-fastest behind team mate Nico Rosberg.

As yesterday the Ferraris and Lotuses were next. Fernando Alonso was fifth-fastest and Felipe Massa improved to seventh on super-softs having been some way off the pace on the medium compound.

Nico Hulkenberg put his Sauber in the top ten ahead of Jenson Button’s McLaren.

Pos. No. Driver Car Best lap Gap Laps
1 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’37.881 17
2 2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’38.018 0.137 17
3 9 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’38.318 0.437 16
4 10 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1’38.332 0.451 15
5 3 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’38.486 0.605 13
6 8 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1’38.701 0.820 19
7 4 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’38.816 0.935 14
8 7 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1’38.857 0.976 17
9 11 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber-Ferrari 1’38.961 1.080 16
10 5 Jenson Button McLaren 1’39.114 1.233 14
11 12 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1’39.128 1.247 15
12 16 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1’39.196 1.315 16
13 15 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’39.204 1.323 17
14 6 Sergio Perez McLaren 1’39.274 1.393 15
15 19 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’39.327 1.446 17
16 14 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1’39.371 1.490 19
17 18 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’39.665 1.784 15
18 17 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 1’40.128 2.247 17
19 20 Charles Pic Caterham-Renault 1’41.360 3.479 19
20 21 Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault 1’41.614 3.733 20
21 22 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth 1’41.646 3.765 14
22 23 Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth 1’42.267 4.386 17

Combined practice times

Pos Driver Car FP1 FP2 FP3 Fri/Sat diff Total laps
1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’39.667 1’38.781 1’37.881 -0.9 67
2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’39.816 1’38.844 1’38.018 -0.826 71
3 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’40.117 1’38.797 1’38.318 -0.479 68
4 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1’39.630 1’38.673 1’38.332 -0.341 66
5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’40.374 1’39.444 1’38.486 -0.958 62
6 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1’40.396 1’39.226 1’38.701 -0.525 72
7 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’40.880 1’39.114 1’38.816 -0.298 57
8 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1’40.677 1’39.757 1’38.857 -0.9 65
9 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber-Ferrari 1’40.899 1’40.210 1’38.961 -1.249 70
10 Jenson Button McLaren 1’40.215 1’39.774 1’39.114 -0.66 65
11 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1’41.626 1’40.186 1’39.128 -1.058 69
12 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1’41.482 1’41.117 1’39.196 -1.921 73
13 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’41.432 1’40.006 1’39.204 -0.802 69
14 Sergio Perez McLaren 1’40.860 1’40.152 1’39.274 -0.878 66
15 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’42.043 1’40.552 1’39.327 -1.225 61
16 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1’40.007 1’39.371 -0.636 53
17 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’41.924 1’40.446 1’39.665 -0.781 64
18 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 1’42.002 1’41.289 1’40.128 -1.161 71
19 Charles Pic Caterham-Renault 1’43.660 1’42.798 1’41.360 -1.438 74
20 Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault 1’43.883 1’42.461 1’41.614 -0.847 75
21 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth 1’43.108 1’41.646 -1.462 45
22 Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth 1’44.100 1’43.441 1’42.267 -1.174 60
23 James Calado Force India-Mercedes 1’43.008 21
24 Rodolfo Gonzalez Marussia-Cosworth 1’46.810 10

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6 comments on Red Bull lead Mercedes in final practice

  1. Malik (@malik) said on 5th October 2013, 4:16

    Hamilton found traffic on his final run on supersofts, otherwise he would have been the fastest

    • iAltair (@ialtair) said on 5th October 2013, 4:23

      How do you even know?

    • Dizzy said on 5th October 2013, 5:03

      Actually he didn’t, I watched his final/fastest lap on sky’s onboard feed & he had a completely clean lap.

      • Dizzy said on 5th October 2013, 5:06

        To elaborate a bit, He made a small mistake in turn 1 & missed the apex on his 1st lap on the SuperSofts & immediately backed off & coasted round the lap to save tyres.
        On his next lap (which was his final & fastest lap) he made no mistake & encountered no traffic.

      • BasCB (@bascb) said on 5th October 2013, 5:49

        Yeah, it was his mistake in the first lap, I guess that in the second lap his tyres were already going off though, so they might be a tad closer to RBR than it looks now.

  2. HoHum (@hohum) said on 5th October 2013, 4:22

    Webber is looking pretty racy on a low drag/downforce set-up.

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